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By logonfire (registered) | Posted October 21, 2010 at 13:01:31

"Gee" refers to the Toronto experience. What we are planning to build here in Hamilton is ANYTHING BUT what Toronto has. The planned RT system is not streetcars as we have known them and it will run on its own dedicated path as "nobrainer" has stated above. However, there will be some stretches of the street where the RT will, in fact, run in conjunction with other traffic and this is what needs particularly careful attention to detail. As it happens, I sit on the RT Citizen Advisory Committee which has just been established and the whole route will have intense scrutiny by this membership which represent ordinary citizens, neighbourhood associations and businesses alike.

I hope to keep others informed of what is going on so that misunderstandings and misinterpretations don't occur.

It should be kept in mind that this is NOT ONLY about building a Rapid Transit system, it is about rebuilding our city for the future by creating a transportation infrastructure that, initially, supports economic development along this first line from Eastgate to McMaster, which I like to think of as developing a "linear city," the effect of which will gradually reach out and spread ever-wider into the rest of the community. As each stage is built, more and more of the city will be affected through improvement of the quality of life we all lead.

We have to start somewhere and this is where we are beginning. We cannot afford to do everything at once. Everyone is invited to join in and enthusiastically support the revitalization of our wonderful city.

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